Written by John Plestina
Judging of the Wolf Point Lions Club and Walleyes Unlimited Christmas Lighting Contest was completed, Friday, Dec. 26, with first and second place winners and six honorable mentions.
The judging by the Lions Club was postponed from Sunday, Dec. 21, due to freezing rain.
The home of Mary Gourneau on the 800 block of West Blaine Street won the grand prize which includes $125.
Second place went to the Wayne and Janice Kegley residence on the 200 block of East Indian Street. Second place received $75.
The six honorable mentions are listed alphabetically.
•Mark and Debi Armstrong on the 200 block of Hill Street.
•David and Ida Blankenship on Montana Hwy. 25, near the airport.
•Chris and Delores Evans on Prospect Drive.
•Ebert and Tracy Miranda on the 100 block of East Indian Street.
•Mitch and Gerri Todd on the 400 block of Knorr Street.
•Lee and Sharri Vandall on the 300 block of Indian Street.
Mary Gourneau’s son, Greg Gourneau, decorated the grand prize winner for his mother. He said his father began the family tradition of outdoor Christmas light decorating about 40 years ago when the Gourneaus lived in Poplar. Mary Gourneau has lived in the house on West Blaine Street 16 years.
The judging included all areas within the city, east-end and west-end housing, and within five miles of the city limits, but rural residents had been requested to contact the Lions Club with their location.
Written by John Plestina
The Roosevelt County Commissioners approved a request Tuesday, Dec. 30, by Assistant County Attorney Jorden Knudsen for the Montana Attorney General to appoint a special prosecutor for the upcoming trial of Timothy Earl Ogelsby.
Oglesby, 31, is charged with sexual intercourse without consent and incest, both felonies. The alleged female victim was 14 years old at the time the incident was reported more than two years ago, according to the charging documents.
Oglesby was not charged until this year. He left the area and was living in Hot Springs, Ark. He was jailed in Arkansas on a warrant issued in Roosevelt County and returned to Wolf Point. He has been lodged in the Roosevelt County Jail since summer 2014.
“We drove all the way down there and picked him up. We went and got him on a District Court warrant from our county,” Sheriff Jason Frederick said.
According to charging documents, Wolf Point Police took a report Nov. 18, 2012, alleging sexual assault at a south side residence.
The charging documents also allege that the victim told the WPPD that the incidents had been going on for a long time.
The alleged victim was given a sexual assault examination at Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus hospital. The sexual assault exam kit was sent to the Montana Crime Lab for forensic analysis.
The juvenile was then placed in protective custody with Child and Family Services.
A search warrant was conducted of Ogelsby’s Wolf Point residence. Officers collected a bed sheet and other potential evidence. A crime lab serology report several months later stated that there was semen on the sheet.
Oglesby’s trial is scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 2, and is expected to take about a week.
Seventh Judicial District Judge Katherine Bidegaray of Sidney will preside over the trial in 15th District Court in Wolf Point.
Fifteenth District Judge David Cybulski was disqualified after defense attorney Charity McLarty of Sidney filed a motion for substitution of district judge in July.
The special prosecutor will be appointed as a special deputy Roosevelt County attorney and be provided through the Prosecution Services Bureau. Roosevelt County will not be assessed any fees for the attorney under a policy adopted by the Attorney General in 1999.
Written by John Plestina
A 15-year-old Poplar girl has been missing since Wednesday, Dec. 17, when a pickup truck she was a passenger in broke through the ice on the Missouri River about five miles south of Poplar.
The Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice did not identify the missing girl but the Fort Peck Journal and others identified her as Jessica Keiser.
FPTDLJ supervisory criminal investigator Ken Trottier said, Tuesday, Dec. 30, that she was still missing.
FPTDLJ officers arrested the driver, Wyatt Cameron Montclair, 20, of Poplar. He has been charged in Fort Peck Tribes Tribal Court with manslaughter and driving under the influence.
Trottier said Montclair’s blood-alcohol level was 0.197, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 at which a person is considered legally intoxicated.
Montclair was arrested on a U.S. Marshal’s warrant, held temporarily in the Roosevelt County Jail, and transferred to federal custody in the Cascade County Regional Jail.
“At the time the incident happened, he was on pre-sentence release. He was charged with burglary a while back,” Trottier said.
At the time the Ford truck went into the river, Montclair was free on pretrial release after pleading guilty to a federal burglary charge. Sentencing was set for March 18. His pretrial release was revoked during a recent hearing in U.S. District Court in Great Falls. A revocation hearing is set for Jan. 8.
Trottier said the missing girl was one of four juvenile passengers –– three females and one male –– who accompanied Montclair when he drove the pickup onto the river that was not completely frozen shortly after 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17. He said the pickup traveled about three-quarters of a mile before breaking through the ice and beginning to sink.
“All of them made it out of the vehicle. The three juveniles and the driver made it onto the shore and were able to get up on the bank, and the female juvenile was swept away buy strong moving current,” Trottier said.
Local cold water divers who assist law enforcement searched unsuccessfully for the girl.
“We searched the whole next day and we were out there on three other occasions,” Trottier said.
A diver spotted the pickup the day after it went through the ice, about 200 yards downstream from where it went into the river.
“The vehicle was located in the water but we weren’t going to make an attempt to make a recovery. It’s just not going to happen. It will be there permanently. The diver confirmed the vehicle and that there was nobody inside the vehicle,” Trottier said.
“We will keep our hopes up,” he said.
Written by Herald-News
Fort Peck Tribes chairman A.T. “Rusty” Stafne was injured in a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 94 crash near Forsyth, Sunday, Dec. 21.
Stafne was transported by ambulance to a Billings hospital with what were reported to be non-life- threatening injuries.
According to reports, a car in front of Stafne lost control striking a guardrail and resulting in Stafne hitting that car. Three other vehicles ran into Stafne’s car.
Written by John Plestina
The Wolf Point Police Department responded to a 911 call that led to the discovery of two deceased people Friday, Dec. 26.
Police chief Jeff Harada said the male and female, both 58 and both of Wolf Point, might have frozen to death.
“It was 10 degrees between 4 and 5 a.m.,” Harada said.
A passerby saw the pair lying on the ground behind the former VFW building on Main Street and called authorities at 10:26 a.m. An officer responded for a welfare check.
Harada said the two people could have been there since late Dec. 25 or early morning Dec. 26.
The WPPD referred the investigation to the Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice.